What’s New for 2020/21 at Whitefish Mountain Resort
These are the things guests can do to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and to keep the lifts spinning all season:
- Face coverings must be worn in lift lines, while loading and unloading.
- There will be no singles lines. Lifts will be loaded by self-identified household groups. This doesn’t mean you can’t sit with different people on the lift yourself. Lifties won’t be pairing guests up outside of their household.
- Governor Steve Bullock’s mask mandate means face coverings must be worn inside.
- Indoor dining areas are capped at 75 percent capacity and so everyone can warm up and refuel guests are asked to leave their tables after 45 minutes.
For more information please visit our COVID page.
Hellroaring Basin Improvement Project
In Spring 2020, Whitefish Mountain Resort began a multi-phase project that increases accessibility and improves terrain variety in Hellroaring Basin. The initial phase included clearing timber for new runs and lift lines, as well as glading areas adjacent to runs, and re-sloping areas on the Hell Fire run to eliminate some negative grades. Phase 1 is complete:
- Timber was cleared to improve two runs: Glory Hole and Connie’s Coulee. Additionally, five new runs were added: Chet’s ‘Stache, Short But Sweet, Dog Leg Left, Lacy Lane, and RadJack.
- Performed glading in in six zones.
- Cleared timber for future Chair 8 lift line and run: Wing and a Prayer.
- Re-sloped three areas (approximately four acres total) in the existing Hell Fire Run where the run currently slopes uphill.
Phase 2 includes relocating Chair 8 in 2021, which will allow the resort to open Hellroaring Basin earlier in the season.
Chappy Hour Run
Whitefish Mountain Resort is honoring an outstanding Whitefish community member Chris “Chappy” Chapman. Chapman, who lived in the Flathead Valley for over thirty years died in April 2020 after a battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. In his memory, the resort is naming a treed area between Hogan’s and Inspiration, “Chappy Hour” and it will be classified as a black diamond. Before he died, Chapman was the head bartender at the Boat Club since it opened and at Truby’s before that. Chapman was an avid skier and he held the vertical record for years on the mountain.
Enhancing/Restoring Ski Terrain Between Chairs 2 & 3
This terrain park re-shaping project which covers around 30 acres includes widening the Central Ave jump line by 70 feet in some areas and adding dirt terraces designed to reduce the amount of snowmaking needed to get medium and large jumps setup. Glading between Heaven and Ranger Trail will provide some good fall-line runs for early morning powder seekers and tree-skiing enthusiasts. Additionally, a fourth pole has been added for slope lighting on skier’s right of Central Ave and snowmaking infrastructure has also been upgraded in that zone.
Uphill Participants Will Need a Pass
Uphill enthusiasts will need to obtain an Uphill Season Pass or Day Ticket to travel uphill. This is an effort to make sure the Uphill Policy is clearly understood by all users. For anyone who purchases a 2020-21 Winter Season Pass, the Uphill Season Pass will be complimentary and can be added on at the time of purchase. Those who are not 2020-21 Winter Season Passholders will pay $12 per day for an Uphill Day Ticket or $100 for an Uphill Season Pass. Users will need to sign a waiver and obtain their Uphill Pass in person at the Whitefish Mountain Resort Base Lodge Tickets and Information. Those who have already purchased their season pass can add their uphill pass by going to shop.skiwhitefish.com/uphill-access (users must be signed in for the complimentary pass to display). Downloading fees are included in day passes and season passes.
Base Lodge Turn Around Renovated to Improve Car and Bus Traffic Flow
To cut down on traffic congestion at the Base Lodge the turnaround area was expanded to make more room for cars and shuttles to drop off skiers in front of the Base Lodge. Additionally, the S.N.O.W. Bus Stop was moved to the rock wall just past the turnaround by the Base Lodge so those larger buses will no longer need to enter the drop off zone.